COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – 300 people in several communities will be impacted by a planned power outage in Colleton County late this week.

Dominion Energy will conduct a scheduled outage that will allow them to perform critical maintenance to distribution facilities on Friday, July 29.

Colleton County Fire-Rescue’s Emergency Management Division said the outage will affect the Ruffin, Smoaks, and Williams communities.

“Although the scheduled maintenance window is between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Dominion hopes to have the work completed by lunchtime that day,” said Meagan Utsey, public information officer for Colleton County.

Dominion Energy will have over 30 crews working on the project and will have power for some restored earlier than other because the project is done in phases.

“We understand that no time is a good time for a power outage, and we apologize for any inconvenience this project may cause,” said Paul Fischer, a Dominion Energy spokesperson. “This critical work is required at this time to enhance the reliability and resiliency of our system and reduce the potential for frequent or sustained power outages in the area.”

The county will not be able to utilize its reserve shelter during the planned outage. Officials say the shelter will also be without power and the backup generator only powers lights inside the building and not the air conditioning system.

“Fire-Rescue’s Emergency Management Division will monitor conditions during the outage,” said Utsey. “We have been in contact with various emergency support function partner agencies to plan for tasking resources in the event the outage lasts longer than anticipated.

According to Dominion Energy the work must be done during the day for safety and efficiency reasons.